“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
There is major encouragement for us here. We don’t have to have it all together. God knows that we are fragile, broken vessels. He uses us to show His power through our flaws.
Being a Christian is less about us being a better person or not being a bad person, but rather it is more about us connecting and communing with God who shines through us. We should be focused less on the sin and more on having a relationship with the One who can change us from the inside out. That’s not to say we should desire righteousness but that desire should come out of our relationship with the Lord and not from us gritting our teeth.
The sad part of this is that it’s easy to fall into the trap of sin management. We become so focused on trying not to sin that we miss the whole point of righteousness–to draw us closer to the Lord.
The goal is a life changing relationship with the Lord. It is His power, and not our striving, that makes us into something beautiful.
Spend some time confessing to the Lord where you have made it more about you. Lay down your striving to be a better person. Open yourself up to the life-changing power of having a deep relationship with the Lord. Ask Him to draw you closer to Him. Open yourself up to His life-changing power.